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Posted - 03/28/2007 :  19:22:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the very late 50s until about 1960, Jean Shepherd had a three-hour Sunday evening show over WOR. He would often discuss major league baseball, particularly in the 30s. Once he discussed the powerful but racist commissioner, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis. At the time of this program, Walter O'Malley, who had just moved the beloved Dodgers to Los Angeles, was about the most reviled man in New York. As Jean put it, "If Judge Landis were now the commissioner, Walter O'Malley would be back in the used car lot with the old Pontiacs." Is there anyone out there who heard that broadcast? Are there any tapes of those Sunday evening programs? Shep was at his height with those programs. Except for one break, he would go steadily for three hours working up a full head of steam.


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Posted - 03/31/2007 :  08:19:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recorded parts of a number of Shep's Sunday night shows from 1956-1960. The original reel-to-reel tapes are now mostly unplayable. But copies of them for potential distribution are now in the hands of Schmidco and The Jean Shepherd Project. I imagine that there are at least two reasons why these audios have not been made available from these sources. 1. Both of these distributors of Shep material have large backlogs to deal with. 2. None of the programs were taped "complete," so it's difficult to put out a coherent audio.

Several years ago Max Schmid broadcast an hour of one of these on Mass Backwards. This has also shown up from various others who copy from the above-named sources. That 1957 hour is described as "early Shep" and "1957," so that on any chronologically produced sequence of shows, it will turn up at or near the beginning.

There must be other tapes of the pre-1960 shows. I'm in contact with one person who says he has tapes of the 1:00 AM to 5:30 AM shows, but he's too embroiled in current projects to search them out and deal with them at the moment. So there's still hope!
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